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February 16, 2008

Saturday Night Stupid

I put a headline up about this earlier but what the hell, it's Saturday night and the news cycle is pretty slow. Earlier today Clinton campaign weasel advisor Harold Ickes argued in a conference call that the Michigan and Florida delegates disqualified by the DNC (because they moved up their primaries) should now be seated at the convention.

Even though he himself voted in favor of the disqualification last year.

"There's been no change," Ickes said. "I was not acting as an agent of Mrs. Clinton. We had promulgated rules and those rules said the timing provision ... provides for certain sanctions, automatic sanctions as a matter of fact, if a state such as Michigan or Florida violates those timing provisions."

"With respect to the stripping, I voted as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Those were our rules and I felt I had an obligation to enforce them," he said.

But now he tells us he's deeply concerned that millions of voters would be "disenfranchised". That's the beautiful thing about the Clinton campaign. There is no lie too outrageous. There's no supporter who isn't dumb enough to buy it.

Never mind that the candidates agreed not to campaign in these states. Hell Obama and Edwards even took their names off the ballot in Michigan (suckers). Obama didn't make the same mistake in Florida though. He leads currently in the delegate count 1280 to 1218, but if they seat these additional 313 Clinton will take the lead, having "won" both states.

I hope they do it. I really do. Whether it's this silly-ass manuever or superdelegates (shocker: white males are overrepresented in this group compared to Democrats overall!), whatever... do it. No one will remember Ickes heartfelt plea for the "disenfranchised", nope. It's gonna look stolen. It's gonna feel stolen. And we all know what happens to Democrats when they think they done got stole from.

They go ape-shit, that's what. I've seen it.


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posted by Dave In Texas at 09:20 PM

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